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Formed: 1970
From: Ireland
Last Known Status: Active

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Below is our complete Thin Lizzy news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Thin Lizzy Stops Phil Lynott Movie Being Made

Nightwatcher's House Of Rock is reporting:

A Hollywood movie based on the life of late THIN LIZZY frontman/bassist Phil Lynott has been shelved - after surviving band members accused filmmakers of sensationalizing the star's drug abuse.

Lynott died of heart failure and pneumonia on January 4, 1986 at the age of 36, after years of alcohol and drug abuse.

A biopic, starring CSI actor Gary Dourdan in the lead role, was set to be shot - but the project has now been halted after Thin Lizzy's remaining members expressed their concerns.

And guitarist Scott Gorham insisted the movie's directors will not win their approval until the script is completely rewritten. More...

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Ex-Thin Lizzy Drummer Passes Away At Age 39

Although no details have been revealed, it has been confirmed that drummer Michael Lee, who has previously worked with Thin Lizzy, The Cult, Lenny Kravitz and more, passed away yesterday at the young age of 39. More details will be announced shortly.

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Seven Antonopoulos Joins Rock Against Diabetes

Opiate For The Masses drummer Seven Antonopoulos has thrown his services into the hat to take part as one of the drummers in the amazing All Star Band that has been put together over the past few months by Guns N Roses guitarist Bumblefoot (Ron Thal). Seven was approached by the newest sponsors of Rock Against Diabetes - Las Vegas Dirtbag Apparel and Entertainment and was immediately up for the gig.

Seven AntonopoulosAntonopoulos will bring a savage assault on the drums, where a definite heavier edge will be brought to the All Star Band allowing for some very memorable moments to take place. Joining the All Star Band will be a myriad of exceptional muscians including Lez Warner (The Cult), Rafael Moreira (Pink, Paul Stanley, Magnetico), Nate Morton (Paul Stanley, Hannah Montana), Constantine Maroulis (American Idol), Francesco DiCosmo (Thin Lizzy) and more!

Dirtbag Music and Vegas Fuel are proud to announce KICKING K8 to the Rock Against Diabetes lineup as well as Illinois band DOGS DIVINE whom are currently on tour with LA Guns and Faster Pussycat.

The bands participating in the 2 day Rock Against Diabetes event are: Starving For Gravity, Kicking K8, Dogs Divine, Magnetico, Karneval (featuring Dario Lorina), Leatherwolf, L.A. Guns, Y&T, Bumblefoot of Guns N Roses and his All Star Band. The event will be hosted by Big Brother 8 winner the Notorious Evel Dick Donato and Penthouse Pet of the Year 2008, Erica Ellyson.

There will be tons of live auctions, raffles and giveaways, autograph sessions and more during the 2 days.

Tickets are still available at rockagainstdiabetes.org as well as at the door until they sell out.

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Rock Heavyweights Jam Out At The Roxy

Billboard.com reports: A cast of rock heavyweights crammed the Roxy stage in Hollywood Thursday night (May 1) for a jam session that found the likes of Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) on stage with the likes of Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell.

All came together for the first of five Thursday-night gigs in May featuring Navarro and Sorum's occasional side project, Camp Freddy, which also features guitarist/vocalist Billy Morrison, bassist Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette) and singers McGrath and Donovan Leitch, son of folk singer Donovan.

The Roxy is known for holding occasional jam sessions with top-shelf names, and this collective opened its Roxy stand by wowing the crowd with covers of songs by Thin Lizzy ("Jailbreak"), Oasis ("Rock and Roll Star"), Killing Joke ("Eighties"), Blur ("Song 2") and David Bowie ("Suffragette City").

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Thin Lizzy Guitarist Comments On Tour

The following story is courtesy of Mylespaul.com:

THIN LIZZY guitarist Scott Gorham is speaking of fallen friends. "We play as if he's never gone away. Every night on stage, we introduce him as though he's still here - and he still gets the biggest cheer of the night. So the bastard is still overshadowing me."

A good-natured guffaw follows down the phone. He is, of course, talking about Lizzy's former front man, bass player and vocalist Phil Lynott, the charismatic black Irishman who died at just 36 after fighting a losing battle against hard drugs abuse 21 years ago.

Lynott's legend lives on in spirit - but, in reality, so does the band, and mighty fine they are, too, as anyone who witnessed the wild scenes the last time the reformed Lizzy played Liverpool University a couple of years ago will concur.

They're back again next week and Gorham, speaking midway through their current British tour, is confident that it'll be every bit as good - if not better. And, despite being the only member of the band remaining in the line-up from their classic Jailbreak days of the mid-70s, he is adamant that this is still the real deal and no cash-in con job.

"It re-started with just seven shows in Japan in 1994 and then there were all these world tours which followed and we wondered what the hell happened," says the Santa Monica-born axeman who has lived in London for 23 years, but still has a Californian drawl that's as long and lazy as ever. "But there was nothing premeditated or grab-a-buck about it: the whole thing snowballed and we've been rolling with it ever since."

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Thin Lizzy Guitarist Speaks Out

ThisIsNottingham.co.uk has issued the following report:

For many, when Phil Lynott died 21 years ago aged just 36 THIN LIZZY died with him. Particularly as he'd dissolved the band three years earlier. For five years following his death, the band did indeed cease to be but 1991 saw the start of several reunion projects associated with former members of the band.

These were often one-off shows to celebrate Lynott's legacy, but then in 1996 guitarist Scott Gorham received a call from another former member John Sykes.

"He'd been touring Japan and said he'd included three Lizzy songs in the set - and the crowd went wild," he says.

"I was amazed. I assumed that people would forget us. He suggested getting together to do some dates over there.

"I wondered who would sing but he said that he would. And when I heard his CDs I was blown away. I called Brian (Downey, Thin Lizzy drummer), he was up for it and things just took off.

"We just did the Japan tour, but the fan club got in touch and some of the fans were quite angry, asking "Why not play for us?" The truth is, we were worried about offending people. In the end, we did five UK shows and five in Europe... then people in the US were getting in touch. By 1999, we were playing pretty regularly and decided to carry on."

The current incarnation of Thin Lizzy features only Gorham from the 'classic' Lizzy line-up but he's not worried about that.

"I'm ok with it because of the people I have on stage with me. The drums just blow me away, the bass is amazing. Everywhere I look, I feel inspired."

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Helloween Bassist To Do Hard Rock Album

Frontiers Records will release the debut album from Markus Grosskopf's (HELLOWEEN) BASSINVADERS, entitled "Hellbassbeaters", on January 25, 2008.

BASSINVADERS was a creation of Markus' while sitting in a bar and enjoying a few drinks. It was there that he got inspired to produce a heavy rock record without any guitars at all. He presented this concept in early 2007 to Frontiers Records, which was intrigued by the idea and gave it a go.

According to a press release, "Hellbassbeaters" contains all the basic elements of a heavy rock record "and so much more. You got the strong vocals, rhythmic bass, intoxicating drums and even bass and twin bass solo parts. What you hear is what you get: 100% genuine heavy rock record with absolutely no discordant guitar note on it at all." To guarantee a great variety of different influences, Markus invited some well-known singing bass players from the German metal scene to join the band, including DESTRUCTION's Schmier, SODOM's frontman Tom Angelripper and RAGE's Peavy. He also managed to get a few of his bass heroes to lay down solos on some of the tracks, including Billy Sheehan, Rudy Sarzo and DD Verni.

Guest musicians include:

Bass:

Billy Sheehan (STEVE VAI, MR. BIG, DAVID LEE ROTH)
Rudy Sarzo (DIO, OZZY OSBOURNE, WHITESNAKE, QUIET RIOT)
Lee Rocker (STRAY CATS)
Marco Mendoza (THIN LIZZY, WHITESNAKE, TED NUGENT)
DD Verni (OVERKILL)
Wyzard (MOTHER'S FINEST)
Dirk Schlächter (GAMMA RAY)
Joey Vera (ARMORED SAINT, FATES WARNING, ANTHRAX)
Stig Pedersen (D.A.D)
Nibbs (SAXON)
Tobias Exxel (EDGUY)
Jens Becker (GRAVE DIGGER, RUNNING WILD)
Dennis Ward (PINK CREAM 69)
Peter Baltes (ACCEPT)
Jan S. Eckert (MASTERPLAN)
Michael Müller (JADED HEART)

Vocals:

Apollo Papathanasio (FIREWIND, TIME REQUIEM, EVIL MASQUERADE, MAJESTIC)
Jesper Binzer (D-A-D)

Drums:

André Hilgers (RAGE, AXXIS, SILENT FORCE)
Stefan Arnold (GRAVE DIGGER)

01. Awakening the Bass Machine
02. We Live
03. Armageddon
04. Romance In Black
05. Godless Gods
06. Empty Memories (Breaking Free)
07. Boiling Blood
08. Far Too Late
09. The Asshole Song
10. Dead From the Eyes Down
11. Razorblade Romance
12. Voices
13. Eagles Fly Free (HELLOWEEN cover)
14. To Hell And Back (bonus track for Europe)

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Diamond Head To Open For Thin Lizzy

UK NWOBHM legends DIAMOND HEAD will join THIN LIZZY for select dates - from November 26th - December 13th - on their upcoming UK tour.

QUEENSRŸCHE were recently forced to cancel their upcoming tour of the UK with Thin Lizzy "due to a personal emergency."

Thin Lizzy's complete UK itinerary is as follows:

November
22 - Leicester, UK - De Montfort Hall
23 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
24 - Ipswich, UK - Regent
26 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Concert Hall (with Diamond Head)
27 - Birmingham, UK - Academy (with Diamond Head)
28 - Cardiff, UK - St David's Hall (with Diamond Head)
30 - Glasgow, Scotland - Academy (with Diamond Head)

December
1 - Aberdeen, Scotland - Music Hall (with Diamond Head)
2 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall (with Diamond Head)
4 - Sheffield, UK - City Hall (with Diamond Head)
5 - Manchester, UK - Apollo (with Diamond Head)
6 - Liverpool, UK - University (with Diamond Head)
8 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall (with Diamond Head)
9 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall (with Diamond Head)
10 - Exeter, UK - University (with Diamond Head)
12 - Folkestone, UK - Leas Cliff (with Diamond Head)
13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo (with Diamond Head)
16 - Belfast, Ireland - Belfast Waterfront Hall
17 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
18 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
20 - Castlebar, Ireland - Royal Theatre
21 - Killarney, Ireland - INEC

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Thin Lizzy Announce Irish Dates

As reported earlier today, QUEENSRŸCHE are forced to cancel their upcoming tour of the United Kingdom with THIN LIZZY "due to a personal emergency." Thin Lizzy will still be performing all shows - which have since been updated as follows with new Irish dates. The complete UK itinerary is as follows:

November
22 - Leicester, UK - De Montfort Hall
23 - Cambridge, UK - Corn Exchange
24 - Ipswich, UK - Regent
26 - Nottingham, UK - Royal Concert Hall
27 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
28 - Cardiff, UK - St David's Hall
30 - Glasgow, Scotland - Academy

December
1 - Aberdeen, Scotland - Music Hall
2 - Newcastle, UK - City Hall
4 - Sheffield, UK - City Hall
5 - Manchester, UK - Apollo
6 - Liverpool, UK - University
8 - Bristol, UK - Colston Hall
9 - Southampton, UK - Guildhall
10 - Exeter, UK - University
12 - Folkestone, UK - Leas Cliff
13 - London, UK - Hammersmith Apollo
16 - Belfast, Ireland - Belfast Waterfront Hall
17 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
18 - Dublin, Ireland - Olympia Theatre
20 - Castlebar, Ireland - Royal Theatre
21 - Killarney, Ireland - INEC

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Queensryche Cancel UK Tour With Thin Lizzy

QUEENSRŸCHE has issued the following update:

"QUEENSRŸCHE is disappointed to announce the unfortunate cancellation of our upcoming tour of the United Kingdom with THIN LIZZY and other shows in Europe due to a personal emergency. We'd like to thank our loyal fans for their continued support and understanding. We are looking forward to making it up to them and are currently working on a plan to return to Europe in 2008 with a production that fans have been waiting years for!"

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Damage Control Confirm Bloodstock Appearance

Metal rock ‘n' roll outlaws Damage Control, featuring Chris Slade (drums AC/DC), Pete Way (bass UFO), Spike (vocals Quireboys), and Robin George (guitar Robert Plant, Thin Lizzy, Magnum), has been confirmed as "very special guests" to perform at Bloodstock 2007 on Thursday 16 August. Bloodstock will be the band's only UK show this year. Damage Control just released their self-titled debut album on Cargo Records.

Bloodstock Festival
The UK’s PREMIER Metal Festival
Thu 16, Fri 17 & Sat 18 August 2007

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Armored Saint Schedules California Concert

Legendary California metallers ARMORED SAINT will play at Viper Room in Hollywood on May 19. This will be a warm-up gig for the band's appearance at this year's edition of the Rock Hard Festival, which will be held May 25-27 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Other bands scheduled to perform at the Rock Hard Festival include AMON AMARTH, DARK FUNERAL, DEATH ANGEL, GRAVE DIGGER, HAMMERFALL, PAUL DI'ANNO, ROSS THE BOSS and THIN LIZZY.

ARMORED SAINT played a number a European and U.S. dates last summer, some of which were taped for the band's upcoming live DVD. It is not presently clear if plans exist for the group to begin work on a new studio album. ARMORED SAINT's last CD, "Revelation", came out in 2000 on the Metal Blade label.

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Final Guitar Hero II Tracklisting Revealed

According to IGN, the final track listing has been revealed for the upcoming PS2/Xbox 360 video game "Guitar Hero II". The track list will run as follows (sorted by their in-game categories):

Opening Licks:
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Danzig - "Mother"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Wolfmother - "Woman"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"

Amp-Warmers:
Kiss - "Strutter"
Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
Police - "Message In A Bottle"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"

String-Snappers:
Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Iggy Pop And The Stooges - "Search And Destroy"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"

Thrash And Burn:
Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
The Butthole Surfers - "Who Was In My Room Last Night"
Mathew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"

Return Of The Shred:
Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
The Sword - "Freya"
Thin Lizzy - "Bad Reputation"
Aerosmtih - "Last Child"

Relentless Riffs:
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"
Allman Brothers - "Jessica"
Jane's Addiction - "Stop"

Furious Fretwork:
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
The Living End - "Carry Me Home"
Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Rush - "YYZ"

Face-Melters:
Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
Megadeth - "Hangar 18"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"

Around 15 or more unlockable bonus tracks will also be included in the game, with Every Time I Die, Drist, The Last Vegas, Valient Thorr and The Breaking Wheel rumored to be among them. "Guitar Hero II" will see a November 7th release date on the Playstation 2 while a spring release on the Xbox 360 is currently pending.

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Therion Post New Cover Songs Online

Swedish Symphonic metallers THERION have posted cover versions of METALLICA's "Fight Fire With Fire", JUDAS PRIEST's "Green Manalishi" and THIN LIZZY's "Southbound". Links and notes from frontman Christofer Johnsson can be found below:

"Fight Fire With Fire"- "Thought we're getting too old to grind, eh? We tuned down the guitars, raised the tempo and kicked some serious ass in the studio. The vocals are done by me in the chorus and by Anders (the bald guy) in the verses. We used to play this song in 1987 when we where called Blitzkrieg. Recorded and mixed at our own studio Modern Art."

"Green Manalishi"- "This is a cover of their cover on Fleetwood Mac. One of their best songs that I used to listen to a lot when I was young. We tried to do it close to how their original version sounded on the Hell Bent For Leather" album (it later appeared in various live versions on Single and Maxi B-sides and the Unleashed In The East live album). As we made a cover on their cover, it's no point in experimenting with our version, as then it would not be a Judas Priest cover, rather a Fleetwood Mac cover. Recorded and mixed at our own studio Modern Art."

"Southbound"- "Here we tried to make everything as different from the Therion way as we could. It sounds like a sup-pop band from the 80's or something. We used Sarah to sing here, but let her use the "normal" voice (not the opera voice). No one would ever guess that this is Therion playing if they didn't know it and that's one of the ideas behind this version. It's fun to try odd things once in a while."

Head here to check out other cover songs by Therion.

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Thin Lizzy UK Tour Dates

Thin Lizzy are to play the following UK/Irish shows: Liverpool Academy February 1, Manchester University 3, Sheffield Octagon 5, Birmingham Carling Academy 6, Bristol Carling Academy 7, Nottingham Rock City 8, Waterford Forum 10, Castlebar Royal Theatre 11, Killarney Gleneagle Hotel 12, Cork Everyman Palace 13, Dublin Vicar Street 15, Belfast Waterfront 17, Galway Leisureland 18, Limerick University 19.

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